Lifeguard Training | West Suburban YMCA


American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard.

Please email Kelly or call our aquatics department at (617) 244-6050 x3650 for more information regarding our Lifeguard Training Classes.

Blended Learning Lifeguard Training Course Pre-Requisites:

  • At least 15 years of age
  • Must be able to swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
  • Must be able to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Must complete the Time Event in 1 minute and 40 seconds (goggles may not be used):
    • Start in water, swim 20 yards
    • Surface dive (feet-first or head-first) to a depth of 7-10 feet and retrieve a 10lb object
    • Surface and swim the 20 yards on back with both hands holding the object
    • Exit without use of a ladder or stairs

To receive certifications in Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED and First Aid:

  • Must complete the required 7-hour online training PRIOR to the in-person skill sessions.
  • Must complete and pass ALL practical portions of the course
  • Receive 80% of higher on each protion of the written exams